Natural Jadeite Jade and Nephrite

The first version is Jadeite the second is Nephrite.

Both have a similar chemical composition with a few differences which are other densities and nephrite has rather dull and less intense colors and textures. That makes it overall not so interesting but less costly.

Lavender, green and white, which is free of impurities are most popular, red contains iron, green has chromium traces, black the same plus iron, yellow contains tantalum, purple chromium, iron and cobalt. The most valuable is "Imperial green" with a high level of translucency. 

raw green white and lavender jade
Raw green white and lavender jadeite jade

The growing demand from China brings a continuous raise in prices. Since there is no real  standard certification, such as with diamonds, the pricing is very volatile since everyone can interpret certain values into it.

Here is nephrite
Here is nephrite
Jade Buddha sitting

On top of it certain people are cheating, as usual, by manipulation colors and translucency, this is done with high pressure and chemicals. Acid is used to bleach, resin and high pressure to fill cracks, somehow similar as they do with rubies. There is plenty of manipulation going on since the buyer usually is not aware of it. The problem come about 3 years later when the pretty thing deteriorates.

Green jade Buddha standing
Green Buddha Statue
Natural Jade Buddha

Popular creations made from the precious stones are Buddha statues. This is one of the oldest every day used materials by man. Tools have been made from, weapons such battle axes, arrow and lance tops, read more.

It was also used for ritual purposes and has some health properties when ground mixed with water and taken as a drink, people say this is good for kidneys.

jade rings conservative style
Jade rings old style
This days the only purpose is for jewelry and sculptures no other use is left and this is good so because resources dwindling and prices rising anyway.

Jade rings are attractive and visible jewelry, often people wear them not only as a precious decorative item but they interpret some mystic, health and protective property into it. 

This is rather superstition but people believe it, they mainly come with white gold and silver because the "cool" shades fits best. The picture shows cabochons naturally there are other forms. Interestingly a rather baroque design is the normality, modern forms are not many. Anyway this are beautiful and valuable items, read more. read more.

Natural is what the people want not tainted, just plain.

With pretty saturated colors and a high level of translucency. The market penetration of the high end material becomes higher as Myanmar is opening up it's borders and more people travel and have a look around. 

Natural green jadeite
Natural green jadeite
Every day airplane loads from Beijing, Shanghai etc. are coming to have a tour through the country and this mineral is positioned top on the shopping list, read more.

Jade Stones Rocks and Boulders

The stones are also mined as rocks, boulders and river jade.

This pieces of jadeite and nephrite are found from sizes of a few millimeters up to several meters. When the rock is extracted it looks not much special but after the right treatment, cutting and a artist working on it it can become a very valuable piece of gemstone, jewelry or or decorative object.

The rocks and pebbles are mostly found in smaller sizes but sometimes huge size minerals are found in the quarry after the mountain is cut with explosives to unearthen them.
There are several areas in Kachin State one is Hpakant which is already in the "war zone" and most business can only be done with the protection of the military which make plenty of money with this.

On the other side several bigger local companies are using the situation to have people who are living there since centuries evicted by the military pretending security reasons. This actions naturally sparks violent reaction since the locals wont give away their land although most have no papers for it which is natural. In this area land papers were never issued but if someone lives on a plot of land for a long time it becomes his.

A lavender colored boulder extracted in Myanmar Kachin State
A lavender colored boulder from Myanmar Kachin State

Pendants in various color and styles

Pretty and decorative pieces of jadeite and nephrite pendants

Pendants are some of the most popular creations of jade jewelry. Although quite small they often come not cheap at all, the price range goes from
Green imperial jade pendant
Green imperial jade pendant

maybe $ 20,- for a simple piece up to around $ 20.000,- for a exquisite imperial green transparent one. A good example is here, this green imperial jade item is on sale for around $ 17.000,-When buying anything make sure you get a official invoice otherwise problems could come up when leaving the country. 

Mystic black jade pendant

Also have the seller write down, that he or she certifies that this is natural, non treated jadeite, since plenty of "dirty enhancements" are going on to improve colors and appearance. Its amazing 

Jade Rings with new and old style

There are two distinctive Jade Rings styles, old fashion and new ideas

The conservative style of the rings contains almost always a cabochon on top of the metal structure and that is in green colors, some lighter, other darker. 
A ring is the nearest and smallest possible version to satisfy the common superstition that the mineral is protecting against evil and has positive influence on the health of the wearer.
Genuine oval green jade rings in white gold
Genuine oval green jade rings in white gold
Rings with imperial jade cabochons
With imperial jade cabochons

Jewelry with a rather conservative style

Some pretty decoration for the finger
Selecting natural pieces for cabochons

Three most popular rings with ruby sapphire and jade cabochons

Raw jade to make jewelry from

What about some ruby rings
What about some ruby rings

Now some new style jadeite rings

Jade rings from one piece

Lavender Color Jade Rings
Lavender Color Jade Rings

Imperial Jade

The most valuable version is Imperial Jade 

This variant of the precious stone with the right transparency can fetch thousands of dollars. Especially Chinese people are after jewelry since beside of the beauty of the jewelry they interpret some curative and protective properties into jade. 
Imperial jade pendant

Just look at this green pendant here which was on sale in Yangon's Bogyoke Market for $ 17.000. Actually I doubt that they finally really got that amount but I gives a good idea about the value this mineral has.

Raw boulder the jewelry is made from
Raw boulder the jewelry is made from (1)